Internationally renowned Murdoch lecturer speaks to National Defence College

January 27, 2017

Professor Makinda (left) lectured at the prestigious National Defence (Image: Waleed Alwahaibi)

Professor Makinda (left) lectured at the prestigious National Defence College in Oman (Image: Waleed Alwahaibi)

While many Western Australians were celebrating New Year’s Day, Murdoch’s Professor Sam Makinda was busy lecturing at the Sultanate of Oman’s prestigious National Defence College (NDC) in the Arabian Peninsula.

The College instructs senior military officers and government officials in defence and international security affairs, offering a Master’s degree in “National Security and Defence”. Professor Makinda, a leading academic in global security and terrorism and founder of Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism studies at Murdoch University, was invited to give two presentations on January 1 and 2 to the 33 course participants.

Professor Makinda presented lectures on topics that fall within his research area, namely “Security in the Horn of Africa” and “The role of the African Union in the security and stability of Africa”. Each presentation ended with a 45-minute Q&A session, chaired by the affable Air Commodore Nasir Al Zidjali.

“The Omani course participants are some of the brightest people I have ever lectured to”, said Professor Makinda, who has taught at various universities, including the University of Oxford, the Australian National University, the University of Nairobi and the Australian Defence College in Canberra.

“The questions they asked me reflected extensive research and strong interest in the subject matter. I was quite impressed in the dissection of my presentations.”

The Professor of International Relations and Security Studies in the School of Business and Governance at Murdoch University also observed the NDC leadership was very professional and incredibly generous and hospitable. The NDC leadership group included the Commandant Major-General Salim bin Ali Qatan, Director-General of Studies and Academic Affairs Brigadier-General Mohammed Al-Saifi, and Head of Political and Defence Studies Lt-Col Juma Aljaradi.

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